ZIP it up

Four decades ago when we moved to this area, our post office was “Agoura” with a ZIP code of 91301. Our telephone prefixes were 991 and 889. It looked like we lived in Los Angeles County. When buying a new car, we would have to pull out a Thomas Guide to prove that our address was in Ventura County. In […]


Eagles flock to San Diego

TAKE IT TO THE HOLE—Oak Park High boys’ basketball forward Makai Richards, left, drives to the hoop on head coach Aaron Shaw at a recent practice. The Eagles (7-6 overall at press time) are in San Diego this week for the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic.

‘Soft rain will come again’

I hope that this work, my poem, “The Aftermath: Woolsey Fire 2018,” will resonate with you and your readers. These hills are naked, roughly stripped bare Cauterized, undone, blackened, charred, sere No chaparral, bush or weed grows here Violated by fire’s brutal hand Death shadows, throughout this ruined land That wears, newly crusted, Satan’s brand There is aught but burnt […]


THURS., JAN. 3 Goebel Stamp Club 6:30 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, T.O. Show and tell plus a new program. Contact: Jeff Goldstein. Phone: 805.358.6162. Business-Professional Women Conejo Valley 7 p.m. at Brent’s Deli, 2799 Townsgate Road, Westlake. Lydia Steadman reviews “The history of BPW.” RSVP requested. Contact: Lydia Steadman. Phone: 818.889.4953. SUN., JAN. 6 […]

A standing ovation

Locals athletes and teams dazzled in a memorable year

The Grinch might be knocking, but we won’t let him in. The troll might be trolling, and we must ignore the bait. In this space, we celebrate champions, serenade the mighty and revel in the athletic achievements of local teams and athletes. As another year rolls to an end, let’s honor the best sports moments of 2018 in Acorn country. […]

Thanks again, firefighters

A special thank you and happy New Year from the Manskys to the firefighters, police officers, EMTs and paramedics who saved Oak Park from the Woolsey fire. We also wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to our neighbor James who bravely used his own garden hose to douse the flames that lit up the wood chips in front of […]

Actress plays her first ‘King’ size role

Classic musical opens today in Thousand Oaks

The much-anticipated national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” arrives at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks on Thurs., Dec. 27 for a brief weekend run. The production is based on Lincoln Center’s acclaimed 2015 staging, which won four Tony Awards, including best revival of a musical. Playing the central role of Anna Leonowens, the English teacher […]

Custom home on more than half-acre lot zoned for horses

Property includes pool, spa, putting green, and has access to equestrian trails

This custom 4,300-square-foot home is on more than a half-acre that is zoned for horses. The property has a pool and spa, putting green, large barbecue center, gazebo and a huge covered patio. The interior has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. An original bedroom downstairs has a wet bar and is in use as an office. The living room has […]

Build the wall

The border wall, like most every wall ever constructed throughout human history, will do everything President Trump says it will: Shut down illegal immigration, curtail drug and human trafficking, etc., and that’s what the Democrats fear. We elected an American president whose central campaign tenet was to build a wall to protect us from an escalating crime wave and ultimately […]

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